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64 edible monterey bay Summer 2015 Shadowbrook 1750 Wharf Road • 831.475.1511 www.shadowbrook-capitola.com Everyone’s special occasion restaurant, this unique destination is perched on a lush hillside above Soquel Creek. Its multi-level rock and redwood dining rooms are decked with fairy lights and you arrive in a vintage cable car—a truly romantic experience! New executive chef Roger Gowen offers farm-fresh local produce, fresh herbs from a rooftop garden and many vegetarian options. Open M–F 5–8:45pm, Sa 4:30–9:45pm, Su 4:30–8:45pm. CARMEL Affina Food & Wine 6th Avenue and San Carlos Street • 831.915.4756 www.affinacarmel.com One of the newest restaurants to wow Carmel embraces local farm-to-table cuisine with a hip and youthful edge, thanks to owners Dexter Salazar, Shane Smit and Nico Izard, as well as opening chef James Anderson. A rusticluxe dining room decorated with reclaimed wood enjoys views of an open kitchen and the sounds of live piano music coming from the piano bar. Chefs Izard and Anderson offer creatively composed shared plates, small bites and entrées like truffled chicken, steak and king salmon. Open for lunch Tu–Su 11:30am–4pm; dinner daily 5:30–10pm. Aubergine Monte Verde at Seventh, Carmel • 831.624.8578 www.auberginecarmel.com Located within the romantic L’Auberge Carmel, a visit to Aubergine feels a bit like a trip to Europe. But the food is the real draw here: executive chef Justin Cogley was named one of Food & Wine’s best new chefs of 2013 and it’s no wonder. He’s an eloquent and imaginative interpreter of fine seasonal ingredients and executive pastry chef Ron Mendoza delights with surprising and inventive desserts. Select from the four-course menu or the tasting menu, and let these two experts take over from there. Open daily 6-9:30pm. Basil Seasonal Dining San Carlos Street between Ocean and Seventh avenues (Paseo Courtyard) 831.626.8226 • www.basilcarmel.com “Organic, local and seasonal” are not just buzzwords at Basil. This cozy restaurant in the Paseo Courtyard is the first and only one in the area to earn three stars from the national Green Restaurant Association. General manager/owner Denis Boaro and chef/owner Soerke Peters turn out intensely flavorful dishes—like black squid ink linguine with sea urchin sauce and Monterey abalone in vermouth butter sauce—and provide a full bar with a great selection of California wines. Many vegan entrées available. Heated, dog-friendly outdoor seating. Open daily for lunch and dinner from 11:30am, Su brunch 11am–3pm. Carmel Belle Doud Craft Studios • San Carlos Street at Ocean Avenue 831.624.1600 • www.carmelbelle.com This local’s favorite for a delicious, impeccably sourced yet relaxed breakfast or lunch now offers dinner for curbside pickup or sit-down by candlelight. You can still show up in your workout gear or bring all the kids and feel right at home, but chef Kyle Odell will cook as though heels and a sport jacket were required. Sign up at www.carmelbelle.com to receive seasonal Farmers’


edible Monterey Bay Summer 2015
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